Moving to Belfast

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What to know if you're moving to Belfast

Famous Belfast residents have included George Best, C.S. Lewis, Frank Carson, the vibrant snooker player Alex Higgins, and a vast number of other celebrities from all walks of life. Belfast is a bustling city that also has its quieter areas, so there is something for every expat moving to Belfast.


All about the UK

All your requirements for moving to the UK are covered in this essential guide. From taxes to childcare, even British humor; we talk you through all the necessary steps to move to the UK.
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Relocating to Belfast

About Belfast

The population of the entire Belfast Metropolitan Area is approximately 580,000 people. The inner city areas experienced a population swell in the early part of the twentieth century, as the city became more and more crowded. This swell was then followed by a gradual dilution of the surrounding area, accompanied by relatively little change in overall population. The most recent figure for population density in Belfast is given 24.9 people per hectare; this is around 6,400 people per square mile, and is fairly dense for the UK, outside of London.

The city of Belfast covers an area of approximately 45 square miles and is flanked to the North and North West by a series of picturesque hills. The River Lagan runs through the city and into the Belfast Lough, along with other smaller waterways.

House prices in Belfast are, on average, significantly lower than the UK average. In recent surveys, the average house in Belfast was found to cost almost 50,000 GBP less than in the rest of the UK.

The Climate in Belfast

Belfast has a fairly temperate climate, with no extremes in weather generally experienced. Summers are moderate, with a maximum all-time temperature recorded at 30.8°C in 1983. Winter time can be cold, but not extreme, while rainfall is fairly significant in the Northern Irish capital with an average of 846 millimeters annually. So expats moving to Belfast should not forget their umbrellas! This said, Belfast does receive much milder weather and less rain than its latitudinal counterparts on mainland Britain.

Visas for Northern Ireland

As Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom, depending on where you are hailing from, UK visas are required when traveling or moving to the country. There are many visa options for different types of work and settlements in the UK, as well as those for individuals or families. You can read up on the relevant regulations in our articles on Visa and Administration in the UK.

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by InterNations GO!
06 December 2018

Living in Belfast

Are you going to live in Belfast? It’s a city that offers an immense variety of nightlife options, cultural activities and lots of rugby. It can also boast a great transportation network and very recognized educational institutions. Some more valuable info about Belfast is found here in our guide!
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Working in Belfast

Belfast is a city in which its major industry is concentrated in shipbuilding and tourism that have brought progress and development to the local economy. Are you an expat planning to work in Belfast? Here you can read up on job hunting, taxation, the local economy and more!
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